In case anyone needed more proof that homelessness has nothing to do with work ethic (I will fight u), this April WSJ article reports on how the NY housing crisis impacts minimum wage employees. It is definitely worth a read.
The combination of soaring real-estate prices and stagnant family incomes have squeezed New York’s working poor. Rents surged nearly 20% in real dollars from 2000 to 2014, while household income decreased by 6.3%. The number of people living in New York City shelters skyrocketed to more than 60,000 late last year, up from 31,009 in 2002. The rise in the working homeless is a big reason why.
I hate that we live in a country that pathologizes people for their suffering at the hands of systemic forces. I hate that its legal to profit from this suffering. A place to live shouldn’t be a commodity. It is a necessity and a human right. Everyone deserves to have their needs met and then some. Everyone deserves abundance. Everyone deserves a home.